Sunday, February 28, 2021
Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

Should You Buy a 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

The hatch strikes back

  • Pricing for the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback starts at $21,390 in Canada, $20,565 in the US.

  • The tested Corolla Hatchback SE Upgrade 6MT retailed for $25,300.

  • It features the new TNGA platform with a sport-tuned suspension.

When it comes to buying a car in the compact segment, the Corolla is one of the obvious choices. Now, add a hatch to the equation, and the appeal jumps a few notches, for me anyway.

Being a wagon/hatchback guy for as long as I can remember, I find that body style much more alluring than their sedan counterparts. So, when Toyota brought back the Corolla Hatchback in 2018, I was delighted.

Two years later and I still think that nothing comes close to it in terms of design in its category. Captivating lines aside, the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and some goodies like a revised sport-tuned suspension make for, on the road and in pictures, a winner. Not only that, but the Japanese manufacturer changed the 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine from the previous generation in favour of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, improving the NVH in the process.

Since then, Toyota keeps tweaking it. For 2021, the Corolla Hatchback adds a Special Edition package while keeping the lineup’s well-liked Nightshade Edition.

That being said, should you buy a Toyota Corolla Hatchback? Let’s find out.

Why You Should Buy a 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback:

2021 Toyota Corolla SE Upgrade Hatchback | Photo: Olivier Delorme

  • Like I previously said, the design of the new Corolla Hatchback is a grand slam. It looks sharp and distinct.
  • The Corolla nameplate was and still is a synonym of reliability and good value on the pre-owned market.
  • The ride quality is nothing short of excellent, thanks to the Toyota New Global Architecture C platform. It makes for a nice mixture of ride comfort, steering feel, and handling. In short, it drives as well as it looks.
  • Whether it’s the 6-speed manual transmission or the CVT, both do a great job. The 6-speed manual is for the driving experience, while the CVT is for improved fuel economy.
  • With the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 standard, among other technologies, on all 2021 models, the Corolla Hatchback has unmatched safety features compared to the rest of its segment.

Why You Should Not Buy a 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback:

2021 Toyota Corolla SE Upgrade Hatchback | Photo: Olivier Delorme

  • The cabin is small, and even though the headroom is ok in the back, legroom is very tight.
  • Like the backseat, the trunk is not that big and slightly defeats a hatchback’s practical purpose.
  • It could be more powerful. Even if the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine does some incredible work and delivers good fuel efficiency, it seems to fall short by a few hp when you punch the throttle.


2021 Toyota Corolla SE Upgrade Hatchback | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The 2021 Corolla Hatchback is a superb vehicle, no doubt about that. It has the looks, the drive, the long list of safety features, and the nameplate. It might not be the fastest or the roomiest, but with a starting price of $21,390, it’s an incredibly compelling car for all of the above.

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